Tools and Resources

Building Energy Use Benchmarking Guidance for Federal Facilities

Last Updated: 09-09-2016

This document provides benchmarking guidance and reviews the benchmarking requirements for federal facilities per the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. Use this document to understand and implement EISA 2007 benchmarking requirements for federal buildings. Information provided by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Topic: Portfolio Manager
Market Sector: Federal agencies
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Did Your Energy Efficiency Project Get Lost in Translation? Financial Speak for Facility Managers

Last Updated: 06-20-2020

Do you have energy efficiency projects that have been postponed or rejected due to capital budget limitations, other projects with better returns, or lack of expertise? Yet, from your perspective the project should be a “no brainer” due to the immediate positive cash flows generated by the energy savings. Understanding your organization’s decision-making process, being able to effectively speak to the benefit of improved cash flow, and improving your financial literacy can greatly increase your probability of receiving approval for a project. The self-funding aspect of energy efficiency is often under-appreciated by senior management, and you want to be able to clearly address any questions, concerns, and benefits.

Topic: Energy management guidance, Financial
Resource Type: Research and reports, Financial value of energy efficiency
Market Sector: Restaurants, Retail, Senior care, Multifamily housing, Small business, State & local government, K12 schools, Corporate real estate, Congregations, Auto dealers, Commercial real estate, Federal agencies, Higher education, Hospitality, Healthcare, Grocery & convenience stores, General industrial/manufacturing
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Finding Money for Your Energy Efficiency Projects

Last Updated: 08-12-2019

This 14-page paper describes how performance contracts and tax-exempt lease-purchase agreements may offer you a practical solution when no money is available in the current budget for further improvements. It equips you to persuade the decision-makers within your school district, city, county, community college, university, or state that implementing energy efficiency upgrades is a good business decision and should be done as soon as possible.

Topic: Financial
Market Sector: State & local government, K12 schools, Federal agencies
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How to use the sustainable buildings checklist

Last Updated: 08-27-2020

The Sustainable Buildings Checklist is a valuable tool for evaluating the sustainability of any type of existing building.

Topic: Portfolio Manager
Market Sector: Federal agencies

Introduction to Energy Performance Contracting

Last Updated: 09-09-2016

This 36-page briefing report provides a tutorial in the fundamentals of energy performance contracting (EPC) for policy makers who need to understand how EPC fits into the broader context of energy efficiency policy and programs.

Topic: Financial
Market Sector: Federal agencies, Higher education, K12 schools, State & local government